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17 days ago I started the Knitting Olympics with the Yarn Harlot.  I had found the beautiful Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman, which you can find the free pattern for in the Spring 2009 issue of Knitty. Now this shawl comes in 3 different sizes and I chose the biggest size because I like to be wrapped up in my shawls…and so far none of them have been quiet big enough. Below is a photo of the one I picked to make, pretty huh…you can’t really see the bead work that is included with this shawl. But I fell in love with it and cast on…well the original yarn that I chose to use, was damaged by moths or something and after completing the set up chart and 2 repeats of the Yucca pattern I realized that there was no way I could use this yarn.

That’s when I took a break to read the Yarn Harlot’s blog and discovered that she was going to hose the Knitting Olympics on her blog again and it started in 2 days!  So I decided to do this project in 17 days…perhaps that was a bit over reaching considering I have a newborn. But hey it was supposed to be a challenge.  So I spent the next two days selecting yarn and finding beads and getting ready to knit in between breast feedings and playing with my daughter.
Those first four days I got quiet a bit of knitting done, it was going a long very smoothly and I was really proud of myself I thought I would finish the shawl no problem.
Then we found out that my grandfather was dying and so I put aside my knitting to make plans to fly home to Montana in the hopes of seeing him before he passed on.  My mom really wanted a picture of him with his new great granddaughter. So we gathered up our things and headed to the airport where Bella took her first ride on a turtle…
and a plane…where no knitting was done because Bella slept peacefully the entire way there.
But that was not to be he passed on peacefully the night before we flew into Montana, the funeral was on Sunday and we spent the next few days in a flurry of getting everything ready. I was able to knit maybe a 2 or 3 rows during all of that time.
Bella got to meet my Uncle Merle for the first time at the funeral, where I managed to flash the 88 year old Pastor while he was giving the eulogy.  I have to say he didn’t miss a beat when Bella dragged back the blanket to cough.  After the funeral in good Mauch tradition we released white balloons into the sky,(which I’m fairly certain is illegal now)
went to the Golden Corral and had a family gathering…for those that could make it. My cousin Josh had come down to see Grandpa before he passed but like us he missed him as well.
He did however get to meet his new niece and they had a great time snuggling and hanging out together.  Though it seems that Josh has the innate ability to have his eyes closed in almost all photos taken of him.
Bella got to meet a lot of her family on this trip.
And Suzi got to imagine what it will be like to be a grandma when her boys held the baby.
After the funeral Bella got to experience her first snow drift…she wasn’t all that impressed to be honest.
Trina got to give Bella her first hair style…originally it was pigtails, however her hair is so silky it didn’t last long and ended up looking like Devil horns, giving her a DebilBaby look.
And of course I couldn’t leave out a picture of Bella in her pretty coat. 🙂
So overall I spent the Olympics supporting my family and helping them deal with a rough time, but not really knitting, which is why I didn’t finish my shawl in 17 days, but I’m okay with that because sometimes life is more important and a knitting challenge…rarely but sometimes.

So I know it’s been a really long time since I have blogged, but I have been a bit busy.

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Yep that’s right I have been busy making baby stuff to go along with the baby I’ve been working on.  I am currently 17wks pregnant, and everything is going wonderfully.  I am due Dec 22nd. So I’ve had a bit of a baby stuff spree. We don’t know the sex yet, though it’s probably obvious that I wouldn’t mind a girl. I have been trying to do some gender neutral stuff, but I’m not sure if I am managing to succeed at that.

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My bunny looks more like a puppy, I didn’t manage to get the shaping right but I am still  pretty happy with how it turned out.  Pretty cute if I do say so myself.

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Made some cute little mittens to go with the socks that I finished as well. I think I may have enough for a matching hat.

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The baby blanket seems a bit girly to me though Craig says that it would be fine for either I am not sure I believe him.

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I happened to like that yarn so much from when I made the hoodie and hat that I couldn’t resist using it for this blanket also.

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I made a matching hat and bootie set for a newborn which I really really like how it turned out.  I am sooo jonesing to make a baby sweater, but Iam trying to hold off until Aug 5th when we can find out the sex of the baby. Anyway I think that’s all of what I have been up to.  Oh yeah I forgot this one…

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This last semister, Alex decided to slack, he slacked so much that his writing grade went from a B to a D…in one semister.  Mainly that’s because Alex is not all that fond of writing. He’d rather hurry through it and his work is…abismal at best. So we decided that he would be writing a story a week for the rest of the summer. This is the first installment of his summer homework. After some decussion Alex asked if he could write one large story for the whole summer. We agreed and so this is the first part of his story. It doesn’t have a title yet as he’s still working on that.  But here we go…

“Hello, what is your name?”

“Alex.”

“Well hello Alex. Welcome to Desert Breeze. My name is Cloe.”

“Hey why don’t you put your lunch box on your group table, in the gym.”

“Ok.”

When I got in the gym everybody was free playing. The first thing I played was wall ball with a leader then I shot some hoops after awhile we had to line up for snack.  For snack I had a cookie, gummies and a banana. After snack we went back to the gym.

But when we got there something with wings grabbed me and flew off with me. At that moment I realized two things, one I was hungry and two I needed to know what is carrying me. All of a sudden I was dropped into a pool of water. When my head got out I was in a whole new place.

When I realized that I started to hear some laughing. When I looked up I saw harpies laughing at me bacause I was soaking wet and that made me mad and suddenly I realized that I had armor and a sword and beside me was a ghoul.  “This much be WoW, ” I thought.

When I clearly realized that it was WoW I attacked the laughing harpies and after I gained a level and now I was completely convinced that it was WoW.

Right after I was clearly convinced I realized I was my level 58 Death Knight. Then all of a sudden a man in a black mask pounced out of the bushes and was being attacked by wolf clan men and it was technically four against one but I decided to even the odds.  After the fight we introduced each other, his name was Zorro.

Guess what he got here the same way I did, harpies took us from the real world to this world. He also told me how to get back to the real world. “You just have to go to the Harpies kingdom, but to get there you will have to go through Saku’s Forest, Orgrimmar, the Dark Portal, the Never Ending Cove, Dino Kindgom and the Orc cavern.”

“So where do we start?”

“The Never Ending Cove.”

“What!”

“Don’t worry it ends…eventually.”

“Ahhh!”

“Just kidding, sorry.”

“That was not me.”

“Then what was that?”

“Why don’t you ask it?”

At that moment Zorro turned around and guess what he saw a werewolf.  Right after I blinked the werewolf’s head was gone.

We pause here tune back in about two weeks for the next story.  The kids are going up to their grand parents for the week, so there will be a longer pause the usual after this story.

Today we made S’mores in a campfire out back. We had a lot of fun, though I had to teach the boys S’mores etiquette. Craig doesn’t remember ever having them before and the Lost boys had never had them either. We all sat outside and watched the fire burn out and the kids and I made up a story about a knight and a dragon from what we could imagine the flames of the fire looked like. The S’mores were as yummy as I remembered.  And the kids lasted until 10pm on one S’more and one roasted marshmallow. I don’t know how my mom let us eat so many of those on camping trips. Then again we spent most of the day hiking and were so worn out that the S’mores didn’t really have much effect. I couldn’t convince any of the boys to eat the Marshmallows that way I liked it…charbroiled to ash, I am telling you ash with your sugar is good….sigh they didn’t believe me.

Earlier today Kayden and I dyed his first skein of sock yarn. We both had fun dying our yarn.  Kayden’s came out very well he listened to my instructions and there was only one little bit that got a bit muddied with the dye mixing together.   I dyed mine a pretty light blue and Kayden did his green, red and blue.  I will have pictures later when they are done drying.

Okay I know it’s been way to long since I did this, but I have finally gotten comfortable with my new program and it’s time to play again.  I have been doing a ton of knitting lately, so I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

Before we start with my stuff though I want to show you Lorna’s Baby Murloc of doom! He’s soo cute and he was her first project that was not a scarf, I am very proud of her. She has done such a wonderful job with the baby murloc.

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It’s pictured below with Kayden’s murloc so you can see the size difference. As you can see it hasn’t quite come into his colors yet.

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Here are some of the projects I have started and  finished in the last month or so.  First I made Craig his own Skull hat so he wouldn’t be so cold in the morning driving to work since he took the jeep top off  just a bit early.

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But then Kevin at work saw it and wanted one of his own so I sold him one as well. I haven’t given it to him yet so I have no pictures of him in it…so I made Craig model it for you.

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Then I made another pair of toe up socks cuz, you can never have enough socks and I wanted to try out the whole toe up sock thing again, with a different heel to see if I liked that better.  I have decided they are a bit baggy and so I am not sure about the whole toe up thing. However Craig has stole them…evil man that he is. This is one of the few times I have been able to get my socks back from him. He claims he doesn’t mind the girly lace stuff I put on the tops in hopes he wouldn’t wear them. Unfortunately you can’t really see it in this picuter.

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My mistake of course was making him, his own pair for Valentines day ever since then he has been coveting my socks!

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Then I decided to knit Indie Dyer her murloc so she could take her on to Stitches West. She turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. Indie Dyer is the wonderful lady that makes the murloc yarn.

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After that I thought I had better finish the murlocs for David that I promised him, because quiet frankly its getting to the point that I don’t ever want to knit another murloc again. Ten is really quiet enough.  I finished all three on the day that I took David in for his surgery and they let him pose for a picture before they took him off into the room.

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I took that picture with my Blackberry so it is a bit fuzzy…sorry about that. They waited patiently with me in the waiting room while I waited for David to finish his surgery so I could take him home.

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Then Alex happened to see a pair of my fingerless mitt and was very convincing in his argument that he desperately needed a pair to keep his hand warm when he rode in his Dad’s jeep.

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Once Kayden  saw Alex’s gloves he had to have a pair as well. So I ended up making two pairs. They both only took a day to knit.

And finally I started something for myself! I am so excited about this shrug I can’t wait to be finished with it.

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Anyway that’s pretty much what we’ve been up to this last month. The lost boys are excited about spring break coming up and seeing their grandparents again. Craig and I are staying busy with work and life and overall everything is going well.

Oh yeah Kayden got to call his girlfriend today…that went…interestingly. She deigned to talk to him for all of about 30 seconds before telling him she was busy and hanging up. Of course he called her five times in one day at his mothers house…so we had to explain the whole stalking concept and that he couldn’t call more then one time a day in the future.

So yesterday E and I went to J’s house in Pahrump,  to watch the second season of Carnivale which if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend. The plot is enthrallingly engaging even if the pace is a bit slow and drawn out.  Some of you should know where this is going already.

We spent 4 hours watching Carnivale and knitting on the new sock pattern I have been designing I have not decided how I am going to do the cuff just yet.  Here is a taste of the Fleckless Sock.

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Oh yeah I also made a weighted sock bag last night because I didn’t want to wait for the ones on line to ship. It turned out pretty awesome for the prototype. I will be giving it to Kayden and changing a few things on the next one I make.

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J asked if we would like to take a tour of Pahrump.  Which is by the way ia way smaller then Laurel and has no side walks….at all except down town and only a block or so long.

Anyway on the way in to J’s house I saw a yarn shop *insert angelic singing here* so I was very excited to go check it out. We arrived at 3:55 and the shop closed at 4pm. The shop is basicly two trailer houses placed side by side. One side has fabric and notions along with a room for classes and then other side has the yarn….*sigh* unfortunately they only carried one brand of yarn…Red Heart. For those of you who don’t know Red Heart is seriously the crappiest of all crappy acrylic yarn.

However it was five minutes to close, and was very obvious that this shop needed all the economic stimulation it could get. So I bought some crappy Red Heart yarn…

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I am hoping that it will make a cute baby hoodie like the last yarn I bought to help a local shop out.  Some how I don’t think it will stripe like the last one did.

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After the yarn shop J asked if we would like to drive by the local brothals. I’ll admit I was curious while E was…less then curious but at least willing to let us drive by them. So we wandered on down to whatever street the Chicken House and Sheri’s Ranch are on.  Both of these brothals are at the edge of town and the end of the street. I mean that litterally right after Sheri’s parking lot it dead ends and it’s just desert.

So J pulled into the parking lot and E begins to tense up. The outside of the place looks like…any other large strip mall which has art work by Olivia plaster all over the outside of the building.

J slips into a parking space and shuts off the engine and E stiffens up and turns toward me with absolute panic in her face.  Though you can tell she trying really really hard to not show it.  J hops out and seeing the panic on E’s face I can’t help but pop my door open just to watch her eyes light up with panic.  I may have an evil streak…just a small one…really. I swear it’s small.

Anyway she said…”Are we going…In?” and I say “Why not.” I’m slightly curious about the inside.  J is all bubbly in that innocent way of hers and says, “They give free tours.”

At this point I’m trying really really hard not to laugh at E because she’s is screaming in her head now and smiling bravely at us.  J pulls open the door to the bar and the light streams into the darkened interior.

The whole place seems to inhale and then hold their breath as we walk in. There are four Johnnies sitting around the bar getting chatted up by women of various ages in thongs and bras.  The three at the end of the bar were probably in their late forties. The men are immediately uncomfortable, and yet somewhat specluative at the same time.

The bar manager comes over to find out why we are there and why we felt the need to make her customers uncomfortable. J explains that we are from out of town and want to take the tour. We order a drink…because lets be honest if you go to a whore house you better at least have a drink.

One of the girls comes out to give us a tour. E is gulping her drink and trying not to ask any inappropriate questions even though she has a ton of them. She’s pretty sure the tour guide would not have appreciated them.  I think my favorite question was…”you really have sex with people…really?”  She show us to the rooms you can party in which I have to say was very interesting.

They had the expesive dinner room where you pay for a steak and lobster dinner and the desert is a blow job with a Creme De Menthe shot before hand that adds to the whole desert experience.  I’m pretty sure the girl gets the shot. She said it adds a hot and cooling sensation. I’m now taking notes.

They have two Jacuzzi rooms which have different decore another room which has bubbles falling from the ceiling over the top of the bubble bath tub that is set up on a pedastal.  The whole time the girl is taking us around E is chugging her drink and  trying not to appear uncomfortable…and failing misebly.

Then they had the S&M room which is equiped with a stage and stripper pole. A large leather covered thorne with chains and cuffs attached to it. A St. Andrews cross and a leather covered sawhorse.  Along with various whips hanging on the wall.

We were told that if you wanted to rent out this room it was $500 an hour plus the two girls that were mandatory and it was required that each girl was tipped for every lap dance they performed.

At this point the tour was over and we went back to the bar dropped off our empty drinks and left. E began to breathe again and J & I teased her about the whole thing. There really is nothing better then tormenting your friends.

We’ve been telling E for a bit that we are taking her to the strip club where they have boy strippers  for her birthday.  I think after that we’ll have to take her to the Stripper 101 class. *smirks* I can’t wait to see her face.

So things have been pretty busy over the last few weeks.  We went to Craig’s parents for Christmas and the kids had a ton of fun being spoiled by their family. They made quiet a haul. I made some homemade fudge that was amazing if I do say so myself.  I forgot to take any pictures though so I have none for the blog on Christmas. I managed to finish a cloche and a matching scarf before we left.

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Alex jumped in and demanded to take picture with me and not being one to squelch his modeling career I let him model the hat for me as well and got some really cute pictures. Unfortunately Craig is unable to master focusing and some of the photos were fuzzyish, but hey that is not something we kick you out of the family for so I am posting them anyway.

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We came back and spent New Year’s Eve at Erica’s party. Where we had a blast hanging out and enjoying friends. I finsihed my sweater which I had started at Christmas and was happy with how pretty it turned out. It has become my favorite sweater!

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Oh yeah this was the scarf I finished…

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Today I got my knitpicks magazine in the mail and after I finished thumbing through it I handed it off to Kayden to look at.  He had fun looking through it asking questions and then he got to the needles section and with that gleaming of fanastism in his eyes he turned to me and said…”I can order needles from this magazine?!” I said yes and Craig went to hide his credit cards.

Yeah right…the only reason there is still snow in my yard is because the wall is blocking the sun.  Admittedly last night it looked like this…

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My poor poor roses.  Kayden had a blast playing outside but Alex was to sick to go out.  So here are some shots of Kayden.

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Last night Kayden decided he wanted to make a new project so I taught him how to read a pattern. Which he picked up very very quickly. And even finished his project in about 5 hours. He did an amazing job on it too.

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Alex spent most of his day yesterday finishing up his Nevada project that was supposed to be due today…had a fake snow day not been called. He did a really good job on  it.

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Then he decided to take try out sock modeling for me, which was kind of funny because they are Kiyana’s pink socks so I figured he wouldn’t want a whole picture taken just his feet. But he said no take a whole picture!

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Then he insisted on posing his feet in different ways so you could see the true wonderfulness of the socks…

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Craig has been a very busy bee and has finsihed…mostly my lovely Yarn Armorie! We still have to stain a few drawers but check it out!!

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I now get to clear out the area I want it to go on and start organizing my yarn!!!! I can’t wait. Probably after the doctors visit for my eye today.